Saturday, January 27, 2007

Royal nuclear gaffe, Bush replay

The French Force Océanique Stratégique has four nuclear submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles. Earlier this week Segolene Royal was asked in an interview how many of these the French had, and she hesitantly guessed one. The interviewer responded by saying that the true figure was actually 7, to which she replied "Oui, sept", and gave a nervous chuckle. A video of this whole exchange can be found here . The actual mistake happens about 2/3 of the way through.

This unfortunate mistake will likely not change many votes, but is it more than faintly reminiscent of another presidential hopeful, George W. Bush. In 1999, then Texas Governor Bush was given a mini-test during an interview, in which he was asked who the leaders were of a variety of foreign countries. Bush could not name the leaders of Chechnya or India, and only knew Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf as "The General". Perhaps, and I am using the socialists' wording, Nicolas Sarkozy is not the only neo-con with an American passport who is running for the French presidency.

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